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ND makes the grade in a national report evaluating public school support; SCOTUS justices express free speech concerns about GOP-backed social media laws; NH "kids on campus" program boosts retention; proposed law bans hemp sales to Hoosiers younger than 21.

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The Supreme Court hears arguments on whether social media can restrict content. Biden advisors point to anti-democracy speeches at CPAC, and the President heads to the US-Mexico border appealing to voters on immigration and border issues.

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David meets Goliath in Idaho pesticide conflict, to win over Gen Z voters, candidates are encouraged to support renewable energy and rural America needs help from Congress to continue affordable internet programs.

Women Seeking Abortions Often Victims of Domestic Violence

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010   

DES MOINES, Iowa - A new study of women seeking abortions in Iowa has found that almost 14 percent experienced at least one incident of physical or sexual abuse in the past year. According Penny Dickey, chief operating officer for Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, the results show the need for targeted screening practices to address intimate partner violence.

"And then, we need to go that next step and, for those who feel unsafe in their current situation, we need to make sure we can direct them, very specifically, to the resources that can help them."

Planned Parenthood of the Heartland partnered with the University of Iowa for the research. Dickey says what they discovered stunned the researchers. Before this first-of-its-kind study, she explains, those who provide abortion services probably were not asking the right questions.

"In general, providers tend to not ask their clients those questions and women tend not to disclose information. But what we do find is that, if you ask the woman, she will tell you."

She says researchers also found that most women have left their abusive relationships before they seek abortions; and that just over eight percent of abortion clients who are in ongoing relationships screened positive for physical battering.



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